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Scottish Court Rules Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament Illegal

And in the end, lawmakers moved quickly enough that they passed a law seeking to force Mr. Johnson, in the absence of a new Brexit deal by late October, to ask Brussels for a delay.

Mr. Johnson, though, has vowed never to ask for an extension, suggesting that he may look for ways to skirt the law. That could draw the Supreme Court into the Brexit impasse once again, scholars said, and provoke an even more acute constitutional crisis than the one Britain already faced.

Adding to the government’s troubles, it was on Wednesday forced to publish an internal document warning that, if Britain left the European Union without any agreement on Oct. 31, there could be jammed ports, shortages of foods, medicines and fuel, price rises and possible public disorder.

The document, dated Aug. 2, had been prepared for a contingency exercise called “Operation Yellowhammer.” Some of its findings were leaked earlier to the London Sunday Times, though at the time the government suggested that the document cited was out of date.

But after a vote by lawmakers on Monday, it finally released the document on Wednesday evening saying that it represented “a reasonable worst-case scenario.”

The possibilities included delays of more than two days for trucks at the port of Dover trying to embark for France, with the worst disruption lasting for three months until traffic stabilized at 50 percent to 70 percent of its current level. Passenger delays and insufficient quantities of medicines were also possible.

As for food, “there is a risk that panic buying will cause or exacerbate food supply disruption” the document said, while in localized areas there could also be problems with water supplies because of shortages of chemicals for treatment.

“Protests and counter-protests will take place across the U.K. and may absorb significant amounts of police resource,” the document adds, “There may also be a rise in public disorder and community tensions.”

Source: NYT > World News

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